November 1st, 2018
On My Mind

How to Pack a Suit

Last March I posted “Am I a Suit Woman?” where I asked my extremely chic friend Gigi why a suit is her go-to.  Now that suits are de rigueur, I thought I’d share the best suit packing advice from Brooks Brothers (they would know!).

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  • Who makes the grey suit in the first picture? Is it Brooks Brothers?

    Marilyn BrockwayNovember 1st, 2018  1:21 PM

     
  • No, it’s not Brooks Brothers.

    PrestonNovember 1st, 2018  1:55 PM

     
  • This would probably not work for me being that I’m always in and out of a travel bag, jostling things around. What works best for me is to take my best suits to a high-end dry cleaner who stuffs the sleeves, neck, and shoulders with tissue, and then packages it with a shoulder protector and garment/plastic bag. For traveling, I carefully fold or roll the whole stuffed bag in thirds, or even quarters if it’s a tiny suitcase. It seems to always arrive wrinkle free, and I can reuse the same packaging when packing and repacking.

    Susan WanamakerNovember 1st, 2018  2:45 PM

     
  • As a lawyer who travels around the world and never ever checks a bag, I’m here to tell you: this is terrible (and way-too-complicated) packing advice. The way to pack a suit is to keep it hung up in a dry-cleaner bag, put the bag on your bed, roll it around the hanger, and then lay the roll flat in your suitcase. The layers of dry-cleaning plastic prevent the suit from wrinkling, and when you get to your destination you just unroll it and hang it in the closet. Works for dresses, tops, anything that might wrinkle. That said, love the (non-Brooks Brothers) suit in the photo!

    ellaNovember 1st, 2018  2:56 PM

     
  • Gotta agree with the others that this is NOT the way to pack a [women’s] suit. The dry cleaning bag approach works great, but what if you need to pack more often than you clean your suit? It starts with shopping – for the right bag as well as the right suit. If I lay my suit jacket on a flat surface, fold back the arms, and fold it once in half with some tissue, it lies perfectly in my suitcase edge-to-edge on all 4 sides and comes out unwrinkled. Fold the pants in thirds with tissue, same thing. Given that I pack my bag for a train commute from DC to NY every week, it matters!

    Lisa MacNovember 1st, 2018  4:48 PM

     
  • I agree with ella! I pack dresses in the dry cleaning bag as well and it saves them every time. DH keeps extra bags in suitcases for his blazers, suits and slacks. Works like a charm. Ok, so who is this suit by?

    KimNovember 1st, 2018  6:24 PM

     
  • When I travel, I pack blazers just as the Brooks Brothers video shows. I don’t want hangers and stuffing taking up room. They arrive in great shape.

    KathyNovember 2nd, 2018  8:29 AM

     
  • Agreed…I keep extra dry cleaning bags for packing. If it looks like I don’t have enough, I go to my dry cleaner and she gives me extras!

    bisbeeNovember 2nd, 2018  9:09 AM

     
  • Although I don’t pack actual suits, I would approach it the same as packing good jackets, outerwear, blouses, dresses, and slacks. I think whatever you want to preserve, you must stuff the sleeves and fold sweaters and slacks with layers of tissue. If space allows, incorporate bubble wrap. The point is to avoid weight on top of good clothing. Don’t compress anything (no smashing too much into a suitcase). If something lives on a hanger at home, then it travels on a hanger (i.e., jackets, dresses, outerwear, dress slacks). All items on hangers go together inside a single good quality garment bag; then hang the garment bag on the ‘suit hook’ provided inside the suitcase. Lay the garment bag out full length, then fold it thirds, as if you are folding a duvet on a bed. Don’t place anything on top. Ideally, the suitcase has a zip-close cover which will keep half of the suitcase separate. I prefer a hard case suitcase. Unpack immediately upon arrival, open up the garment bag, hang up the clothing, go get a drink. (No one said looking good was going to be easy).

    PaulaNovember 2nd, 2018  6:30 PM

     
  • I love Paula

    karenNovember 5th, 2018  4:18 PM

     
  • If there is ANY way to identify the sunglasses in the photo, I’d be eternally grateful. My beloved Chloe square cat-eyes recently broke beyond repair, and are (apparently) irreplaceable; I’m (ridiculously) devastated. These are the only option I’ve seen that appeals. They might even be better?!

    amyJanuary 16th, 2019  10:27 PM

     
  • They are Céline

    PrestonJanuary 17th, 2019  3:34 AM

     

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